Archive for January, 2011

Video podcasts and iPods – VUW’s digital revolution for teaching te reo

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
The teaching of te reo Māori has gone digital, thanks to a ground-breaking project led by Victoria University Faculty of Education lecturers Tabitha McKenzie, Rawiri Toia and Hiria McRae. Read more »

Wellington becomes NZ’s first city to offer free wifi on the waterfront

News release from TradeMe
Visitors to the waterfront in New Zealand’s capital will enjoy fast and free wireless internet access from today, thanks to a joint effort from Trade Me and Wellington City Council.

The free wifi network went live this morning, beaming from access points on The NZX Centre and Te Papa. It covers the area south from Frank Kitts Lagoon and along the waterfront side of Te Papa. Read more »

Losing their homes and dreams, to make way for four lanes of speeding traffic

You can’t help feeling sorry for the 15 (or more) Raumati South families who’ve discovered that their houses will be demolished to make way for the southern entrance to the new Kapiti expressway. And for the many other families whose houses will survive, but whose quality of life will be destroyed by four lanes of speeding cars and trucks nearby. On what the locals are describing as an autobahn, a truckies’ dream. An expressway which Labour and Green MPs have promised will be cancelled if there’s a change of government. Read more »

Wellington Firebirds squad named to play Auckland

Press Release – Cricket Wellington
The Wellington Firebirds squad to play the Auckland Aces in the eighth round of the 2010/11 domestic One-Day competition at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday 2 February is: Read more »

High levels of drunkenness and aggression at Napier winery concert

News release from NZ Police
Police fully support the decision by Church Road Winery to close the bar at Saturday night’s George Thorogood/Joe Cocker concert in Napier.

Senior Sergeant Sarah Stewart said police were concerned from very early on in the night about the high levels of intoxication amongst the crowd. Police made their first arrest at 6.30pm. Read more »

Call for inquiry into desecration and degradation of Lake Horowhenua

Scoop report by Anne Hunt
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has been called upon to conduct a full inquiry into the desecration and degradation of a historic lake. Lake Horowhenua is the site of fierce battles between Te Rauparaha and Muaupoko, the tribe he’d threatened to exterminate after the death of his sons and daughters.

Phil Taueki has called for the full inquiry because he is no longer prepared to tolerate the Crown’s failure to look after a lake of such immense historic and cultural significance to New Zealand. Read more »

Winner of Nobel Prize to speak at VUW conference of physicists and chemists

News from Victoria University of Wellington
Some of the world’s leading physicists and chemists are in Wellington next week for a conference to discuss exciting advances in their fields. Read more »

Man hit by train and killed at Kaiwharawhara

News from NZ Police
At about 2.45pm this afternoon, Police were advised that a male in his early 50s had been struck by a train and killed just north of the Kaiwharawhara railway station in Wellington. Read more »

Police using new automated technology to help find stolen Wellington cars

News from NZ Police
A pilot project using Automated Number Plate Recognition technology has seen the discovery of a number of stolen vehicles and vehicles of interest in Wellington. Read more »

Back to school: parents and children warned to be road-safety conscious

News release from NZ Police
Police are encouraging Wellington parents and their school-aged children to be road-safety conscious as the start of the new school year gets underway. Read more »

Hill Street Farmers’ Market celebrating its first birthday

Press Release – Hill Street Farmers’ Market
The Hill St Farmers’ Market will be celebrating its first birthday this coming Saturday with music, cake, clowns, face-painting and more. Formal birthday celebrations will kick off at 10am with speeches and cake for all. There will be face painting from 10am-11am and then Harry the Clown will entertain from 11am-midday. Read more »

Nitro circus stars take to the water for charity

Press Release – Jetpro
Stars of the Nitro Circus New Zealand tour will be sampling a change of adrenaline and adventure near Wanganui on 11 February as they taste life on the water aboard a water-jet propelled sprint boat, with spectator gate takings supporting the local hospice. Read more »

Wellington driver wins top kartsport prize

Press Release – KartSport
He had to fight tooth and nail for it but KartSport New Zealand’s premier international prize, the CIK Trophy of New Zealand, is now in Wellington driver Karl Wilson’s hands after the 26-year-old won a thrill-a-minute KZ2 class Final at the annual CIK Trophy of New Zealand- presented by Paymark meeting at KartSport Wellington’s CRC Raceway near Upper Hutt today. Read more »

Sir Geoffrey Palmer to practice as barrister

Press Release – Saunders Unsworth
The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer SC has joined the Wellington legal chambers Harbour Chambers. He will be in practice as a barrister with his principal areas of specialty being international, parliamentary, and constitutional law. In addition he will continue his long interest in resource management law. Read more »

Pro Cycling’s Gough wins Wellington stage of cycle classic

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Press Release – Enthuse
Australian Nathan Earle (Genesys Health) was denied his fourth stage win by Subway® Pro Cycling’s Westley Gough who won the final stage of the International Trust House Cycle Classic today in Wellington. Read more »

Veterinarians to celebrate 250th anniversary

Press Release – FWC Communications
250 years ago, the veterinary profession was born with the foundation of a specialist school in France, and New Zealand’s vets are ready for a year-long celebration, starting with tonight’s official Opening Ceremony at the French Embassy in Wellington. Read more »

Five injured in crash involving four motorcycles and a car on SH1 near Porirua

News from NZ Police at 2.10pm
Four motorcycles and a car were involved in a crash on State Highway One near Porirua at 12.30pm today.

As a result of the crash, five people have been taken to hospital. Read more »

Band to launch new single on Waitangi Day

Press Release – Sunrise Ave
Kiwi reggae band Box Juice is set to release the first single from their second album of original tunes this Waitangi Day – the birthday of legendary reggae great Bob Marley.

The new song, ‘Balance’, will be launched at Wellington’s premier cultural event – Te Ra o te Raukura Festival – at Te Whiti Park in Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, on Sunday February 6. The band will also perform at Creekfest 2011 in Porirua on Saturday March 12 before a nationwide tour kicks off in May. Read more »

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